Restaurant cleaning cloths ‘pose health risk’

Restaurants and takeaways are using cleaning cloths contaminated with E coli, listeria and other potentially dangerous bacteria, a study by Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed

Cloths used to clean surfaces where food is prepared need to be changed regularly or thoroughly disinfected to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause food poisoning,
Bacteria on uncleaned cloths can transfer to the hands of staff then on to work surfaces, equipment and utensils. 
Exposure to harmful bacteria can cause food poisoning … for some – particularly the very young, very old and pregnant women – it can have serious consequences. 
“The HPA plays an important role in monitoring the hygiene standards at commercial premises and these worrying findings should serve as a timely reminder to all caterers to ditch the dirty dishcloths and stick to disposable ones.”
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